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Book club - Thursday 21st May 2020

Final thoughts

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Book club - Thursday 14th May 2020


I thought it was a Friday and nearly forgot about book club! Oops! 


But, we are nearing to the end of our story! The last chapter ended by saying that Tom was going back home and back to London. However, I don't think it will be a smooth ride home... Let me know what you think and share any other thoughts in the blog. 


Next week... finish the book! Thursday 21st May is the last week for this book club. More details to follow for the next one. I look forward to see how the story ends! 

Book club - Thursday 7th May 2020


So much drama and action! We finally find out more about MEDUSA. Do you think Valentine found it on this trip to America? Or do you think Crome has a big part of this and bringing Valentine into his plot?


Read up to chapter 30 for next week.

Book club - Thursday 30th April 2020


Another video for you this week! But some tasks for you to do as well:


  1. Look back at your prediction to see if you were correct.
  2. Draw a picture of one of the characters, using your inference and retrieval skills.
  3. Read up to chapter 22 for next week.    


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Book club - Thursday 23rd April 2020


I decided to film book club this week! Hope you enjoy!


Miss Bird


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Book club - Thursday 9th April 2020



Hope everyone is well and enjoying the book. It feels strange not talking to you in person, but alas we have to adapt for the time being!

How have you found the first few chapters? What a start to this action thriller! I don’t know about you, but I am finding this a real page turner! I couldn’t believe what Valentine did to Tom!

Here are a few questions for you to think about:

  • What are your opinions on the characters (Tom, Katherine, Valentine and Hester) so far?
  • Any predictions on what might happen now that Tom is in the Out-Country?
  • What on earth is MEDUSA?!

Normally in book club, I like to ask more questions based on responses to planned questions. So feel free to answer the above questions, add your views on other parts of the story and any other questions you would like to ask the group on the Purple Mash blog.

As I’m struggling to put this book down, your task this week is to read up to chapter 12. That’s about 50 pages. Enjoy and I look forward to hearing your views!


All the best

Miss Bird


Book Club- Thursday 2nd April 2020


Read chapters 1 to 5 (including chapter 5). The chapters in this book are on average 10 pages long.


Next week I will have questions for you to answer on these chapters.



Book club - Thursday 26th March 2020


Hi all,


I understand that not everyone has been able to get a copy of the book yet. So for your first book club task, I would like you to predict what you think is going to happen in this story based on the blurb. Here is the blurb below:


"It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea."

The great traction city London has been skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, the sinister plans of Lord Mayor Mangus Crome can finally unfold.

Thaddeus Valentine, London's Head Historian and adored famous archaeologist, and his lovely daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when the young assassin with the black scarf strikes toward his heart, saved by the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice. Racing after the fleeing girl, Tom suddenly glimpses her hideous face: scarred from forehead to jaw, nose a smashed stump, a single eye glaring back at him. "Look at what your Valentine did to me!" she screams. "Ask him! Ask him what he did to Hester Shaw!" And with that she jumps down the waste chute to her death. Minutes later Tom finds himself tumbling down the same chute and stranded in the Out-Country, a sea of mud scored by the huge caterpillar tracks of cities like the one now steaming off over the horizon.

In a stunning literary debut, Philip Reeve has created a painful dangerous unforgettable adventure story of surprises, set in a dark and utterly original world fueled by Municipal Darwinism -- and betrayal.


Please respond by replying to the thread on the Purple Mash blog. I look forward to hearing your predictions :)


Miss Bird